Obama: No, Seriously, Lets Go To Mars

President Obama has renewed a call for an American crew to walk on Mars by the 2030s. He says such a mission will require collaboration between private companies and government agencies. It’s the same timetable Obama gave in speeches in 2010 and 2015. However, articles by both Obama and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden published this […]

Apple vs Samsung Battle Hits Supreme Court

Apple and Samsung are headed to the Supreme Court today in a battle that could have a major impact on the “patent wars” that have dominated the tech sector. As usual with the Supreme Court, this week’s hearing isn’t about the facts of the case as such. A lengthy series of hearings and appeals in […]

UK Cabinet Members Told To Take Off Apple Watches

Britain’s Prime Minister has reportedly banned cabinet members from wearing Apple Watches during meetings. The move is said to be inspired by fears of Russian hackers. The Telegraph newspaper says Theresa May’s decision beefs up an existing policy which meant ministers had to leave their smartphones outside the room during meetings. That was driven by […]

Soap Star’s Subtle Star Trek Tribute

British soap viewers who also enjoy Star Trek had a double-take when they saw a character with a definite hint of Captain Kirk in her clothing. The costume department working on Coronation Street did not intend character Izzy Armstrong’s garb to be quite so out of this world. However, actress Cherrylee Houston noticed the combination […]

Roku Targets Cheapskates And Tech-Heads Alike

Roku has announced three new devices including a $30 ‘Express’ model that’s clearly being pushed as a rival to Chromecast and more expensive models with 4K upscaling. The company is ditching its policy of numbering its products, reasoning that as it’s launching new entry-level devices, the old “higher number = better device) system might get […]

Actors Could Force IMDb To Hide Their Age

A new California law gives some actors the right to force sites such as IMDb to stop listing their age. Supporters of the law say it will fight age discrimination while critics call it an attack on free speech. The law comes after a previous court case in Washington State that ruled that sites are […]

Google Improves Image Recognition; Releases Project as Open Source Software

Google says its algorithm can correctly caption a photograph with nearly 94 percent accuracy. The company says the improvements come in the third version of its system named Inception, with the score coming from a standardized auto-caption test named ImageNet. It reports the first version scored 89.6 percent, the second 91.8 percent and the new […]

Tesla Sues For Right To Sell Own Cars

Tesla is suing Michigan state officials for the right to sell cars directly to customers. It’s the first time it’s explicitly challenged existing laws that mandate third-party dealers, something Tesla says is outdated. Many states have laws which ban manufacturers selling directly to customers rather than through franchised dealers. The most common argument for such […]